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Business  |  November 06, 2012 13:38:37

Statistics: Number of purchases and sales companies in the Czech Republic in the first half increased by 28 percent


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - During the first six months of this year increased in the Czech Republic, number of purchases and sales of businesses by 28 percent. In Central and Southeastern Europe, on the contrary, the number of transactions dropped 11 percent, through its investigation on Tuesday informed Ernst & Young.

"Regional statistics speak on our behalf. However, it should also look at the structure of supply and demand in the market for acquisition opportunities. Here in the period managed to negotiate multiple transactions and in the vast majority of cases a reasonable connection companies. Regardless of negativistic mood European capital market many sellers accepted offers investors with a realistic preview of the consolidation of the market in various sectors is advantageous to participate, although the best deals are often already implemented in the past, "says Peter Wendelová, partner at Ernst & Youngmergers and acquisitions.

Most transactions in the Czech market was held between Czech entities whose share reached almost 68 percent (versus 62 percent in the first half of 2011). The foreign investment came mainly from the United States and Germany. The most significant transactions carried out abroad by Czech investors in the acquisition activities of the Bulgarian energy group E.ON Czech Energo-Pro (transaction value of approximately 3.5 billion dollars).

The greatest interest of foreign investors were from the U.S.. U.S. investors in our country realized a total of six transactions, the most important are company Molson Coors and its acquisition StarBev group, which includes Staropramen Brewery and Anheuser-Busch and its Budweiser acquisition Burgess Brewery, whose aim was to obtain the trademark Budweiser Bier.

The most interesting sector where shops managed to complete the services for investors, which aimed 17 transactions (25 percent), won the silver rail manufacturing industry with 11 transactions.

Sectors that experienced the largest growth of interest were mainly food industry (five transactions), energy (six transactions), real estate (six transactions) and wholesale and retail trade (eight transactions). "The biggest decrease was recorded in information technologies and mainly due to dampen transactions conducted by venture capital and strong Czech IT players of KIT digital," explains Petra Wendelová.

Due to very optimistic forecasts of economic development area many analysts predict stagnation or decline in the market of mergers and acquisitions. More than ever, at present, the market influence the buyer, not the seller.

Jan Soukup, soukupj@mediafax.cz

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